Rajeev Shukla quits T20 post, Srinivasan's time may be up
Eighteen days after the spot-fixing scandal took cricket-crazy India by storm, the sport's top boss, N Srinivasan, may finally be forced to take responsibility for the mess - something he has doggedly refused to do - and step down on Sunday. Sanjjeev K Samyal and Khurram Habib report.Jagdale, Shirke welcome Shukla's decision | Congress heaves a sigh of reliefindia Updated: Jun 02, 2013 00:34 IST
Eighteen days after the spot-fixing scandal took cricket-crazy India by storm, the sport's top boss, N Srinivasan, may finally be forced to take responsibility for the mess - something he has doggedly refused to do - and step down on Sunday.
With Indian T20 league commissioner Rajeev Shukla resigning on Saturday, following in the footsteps of BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke on Friday, the once-powerful BCCI president finds himself increasingly isolated.
Till late Saturday night, there was no confirmation the board members had managed to convince him to step aside till the fixing probe, especially against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, was completed.
This may set the stage for a final intervention at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
After three big resignations and a deafening clamour for his ouster, the pressure is clearly on Srinivasan and it will be difficult for him to survive the meeting.
He is also no longer sure of the numbers game - the eight votes he requires in case push comes to shove.
If he still remains defiant, most of the board officials may quit as a final resort, creating a constitutional crisis and leaving him with just one option - to go.
No one to scare easy, Srinivasan is likely to go down fighting with some hard bargaining.
He reportedly has three demands - to be reinstated if he comes out clean; he is not agreeable to anyone from outside the board being appointed interim president (this one aimed at keeping out Sharad Pawar); and he wants to be India's representative at the International Cricket Council.
However, Srinivasan's biggest worry is his franchise, the Chennai Super Kings. If the board assures him that it will not be scrapped, he is likely to go.
The other task for the BCCI is to pick an interim boss. Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and former BCCI president Shashank Manohar are the main contenders, according to a senior board official.
Jaitley is the favourite because he enjoys cordial relations with everyone. Manohar, Srinivasan's predecessor, may not get the job because he still has some people opposed to him, including Srinivasan.
Among other issues, the members will also have to address the matter of the probe panel set up by it just days ago.
It comprises two former Madras high court judges but its third member, Jagdale, has resigned.